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by Walter Ego
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Arturia Minibrute 2 Semi-Modular
Replies: 5
Views: 3098

Re: Arturia Minibrute 2 Semi-Modular

That 2S is looking pretty good. It seems to me it could serve as the heart and brain of an analog setup.
by Walter Ego
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Electribe ES-1 vs Electribe 2 Sampler
Replies: 3
Views: 5259

Re: Electribe ES-1 vs Electribe 2 Sampler

I don't own an Electribe II. From what I've seen and heard, the sound quality is high and it has a very serious state of the art analog modeler for synth sounds. And the Sampler version has all the features of the other one, which is probably a plus. However, I own both an ES-1 and an ES-1 mk.II (sl...
by Walter Ego
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Poly-800 Modifications / Hawk-800
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: Korg Poly-800 Modifications / Hawk-800

the "Atoma-hawk" is the resonance enhancement only. You must have the "Hawk-800" mod first. There are a few nice mods for the Poly-800 indeed. If you don't wanna go the "Hawk route", look for * " Moog slayer ", which ads a cutoff and a resonance pot, * " FM-800" , which creates some FM-ish sounds, ...
by Walter Ego
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.
Replies: 36
Views: 3656

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.

I'll try the self-test mode tonight. However, another issue is that soft button 4 (on the top bank?) and the bank 4 select button are also not responding. But maybe they will respond in some fashion in self test mode? Won't know till I try. You should have six buttons that do not respond: Bank 4, S...
by Walter Ego
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.
Replies: 36
Views: 3656

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.

Some good info here--more useful than anything I have found trolling through ancient Ensoniq sites and forum posts. Last night I tried the hard reset once again but no dice. I believe it was wire #4 that I cut then replaced. I didn't try using the data entry slider at that time, so that was probably...
by Walter Ego
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.
Replies: 36
Views: 3656

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.

This ESQ has a metal chassis but I don't know if it was earlier or later. The PCBs say 1986, but I don't know if later ones would say that, too. One clue is that the OS EPROMs are underneath the keybed; again I don't know if this means earlier version or not. However, the service manual says that ke...
by Walter Ego
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Modular EG and VCA interaction
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Modular EG and VCA interaction

Just an update if anyone cares to read. I still have the Aries unit. It plays nicely with voltages from my MS-20; I borrowed an LFO for vibrato since there isn't a usable one in the modules. I also figured out the problem with the Envelope. It had to do with some mode switch on the home built module...
by Walter Ego
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.
Replies: 36
Views: 3656

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 local keyboard.

Well, I was about to sell this ESQ-1 but I decided to take another look and get a little frisky with the innards. I found the J4 four conductor ribbon cable from the main board to the display board had some soldering damage on one wire. So I snipped it to test out whether it made a difference. No di...
by Walter Ego
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Which mono synth with simple sequencer
Replies: 7
Views: 2873

Re: Which mono synth with simple sequencer

meatballfulton wrote:Minitaur has no sequencer.

Neither does the miniBrute out of the box, although there is a way to load the microBrute firmware to replace the mini's arpeggiator for the micro's sequencer.
I thought the SE version of the MiniBrute had a sequencer instead of the arpeggiator.
by Walter Ego
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Korg Volca BASS VS KEYS
Replies: 4
Views: 4753

Re: Korg Volca BASS VS KEYS

They are different enough to get both and keep you busy. I have one of each but I keep my eyes peeled for either one popping up cheap because I like them both a lot. You already have the Keys, so I won't bore you with a description. I also really like the Bass for different reasons. It has three mod...
by Walter Ego
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Poly——?
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

Korg Poly——?

Korg rumors. They seem substantiated. About time. Interested to see what will happen without Tats running things, though. https://ask.audio/articles/korg-working-on-mind-blowing-analog-poly-synth-at-namm-2018 According to MatrixSynth Korg are working on a new polyphonic analog synthesizer which will...
by Walter Ego
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Original MS20 - Worth It?
Replies: 11
Views: 5531

Re: Original MS20 - Worth It?

I can't say whether there is a difference or not between them, as I only have one. More about that below. You may be able to find some decent A/B comparisons between the original and the mini. If you want THAT sound (and incredible sound processing capabilities) and can sacrifice full size jacks and...
by Walter Ego
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Photos of your set-up / studio
Replies: 62
Views: 79939

Re: Photos of your set-up / studio

Things are getting into shape. Now for the cabling...

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by Walter Ego
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your latest musical purchase
Replies: 140
Views: 135202

Re: Your latest musical purchase

Tascam DP-01FX. For $40, I'm going to try my hand at some hardware recording.
by Walter Ego
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synergy 1032 Lives Again!
Replies: 14
Views: 3006

Re: Synergy 1032 Lives Again!

Does it have the dreaded motherboard/daughterboard disconnection problem? Mine had come unseated in transit and I didn't have the patience to deal with it. So I sold it to Silikon.

I wonder what happened to Silikon... :-|